The location where Tatooine was shot in multiple ‘Star Wars’ movies is in danger. Apparently, sand dune movement caused by winds in Tunisia is resulting in the historic sets being buried beneath sand. However, there is a campaign to save these sets and you can be a part of it!
The Tunisian tourism ministry and the Tourism Chamber for the Oasis and Sahara regions are raising money to “keep the Mos Espa from being swallowed by the desert like a sarlaac swallowing a ne’er-do-well bounty hunter.”
Nabil Gasmi is a representative from one of these groups and told Australia’s ABC News, “Mos Espa is located in a very windy region, threatened by sand dunes which the wind moves by around 15 metres a year. One dune has already buried 10 percent of the ‘Star Wars’ site. We managed to remove 8,000 cubic metres of sand in 12 days. Unfortunately, some of the set has already collapsed.”
Tunisia did set aside some money to preserve these sets, but the tourism committees are hoping for a little help from ‘Star Wars’ fans across the world. Luckily, an IndieGoGo campaign has started and you can donate to the cause. The campaign is hoping to raise $45,000.
If you donate $1,000 you could get your name carved on a special commemorative panel. That’s pretty neat! Click here to donate!